Install Manjaro

How to install Manjaro 21.0.1

Manjaro 21 is the latest release of Manjaro Linux ( code named Ornara). Manjaro is a fast, user friendly, desktop Operating System that is based on the very popular Arch Linux distribution. Manjaro is suitable for newcomers as well as experienced Linux users. Software/Packages can be installed by either using the traditional Command line tool pacman or by using one of the GUI interfaces pamac or octopi. A wide choice of desktops are also available from download site. The following desktop editions are now available: Gnome 3.38, KDE Plasma 5.21 and XFce 4.16. In the example that follows, I will be installing the Gnome edition.

Installing Manjaro 21

To try Manjaro 21, simply click on the link below and follow the Download Instructions: Download Manjaro 21

Once you have downloaded your chosen "iso" image of Manjaro 21, you will need to burn this image to a DVD. For software that can do this, you can search for "dvd iso burning software" in the search box provided above. Your computer may already have CD/DVD burning software already installed such as "Brasero, K3B, Nero, CDBurnerXP or Roxio". Once you have burned your chosen "iso" image of Manjaro to your Media, you will need to place your DVD disc into the DVD drive of the target system and reboot your system. As your computer system reboots, you will need to press the appropriate key to access your system's BIOS settings. On many systems this key will be "F8", "F11" or "F12". Most systems will display a message indicating which key needs to be pressed. Once you have access to your system's BIOS settings, you will need to modify the boot order of your system to boot from CD/DVD first. Once this change has been made, you can now reboot your system and follow the installation guide below. If you are installing into a Virtual Environment, simply copy the downloaded "iso" image to the relevant location provided by your software. If you are installing onto a computer that does not have an optical drive (CD/DVD), then you will need to copy the "iso" image to a USB stick and choose the option to boot from USB device.

Boot Screen

As your media boots, you will be greeted with a boot menu similar to the one below. In the example, I have chosen the default option of Boot with open source drivers. When selected, a Live desktop environment will be loaded. This allows you to take a look at Manjaro and try it out without having to install any software, or choose the option to Install Manjaro.

Manjaro 21 Boot Screen

Launch Installer

At this screen, you can choose to install Manjaro by clicking on the option Launch Installer.

Manjaro 21 Launch Installer

Welcome Screen

Welcome to the Manjaro Installer section. You will be asked to provide various information that will be used to create your Manjaro system. The first information requested is to specify your installation language to be used by the installer. In this example, I have selected "British English (United Kingdom)".

Manjaro 21 Select Language


At this screen you will need to provide your geographic location. In the example, I have chosen "Europe - London". Use the drop down menus to choose your region and zone.

Manjaro 21 Location

Configure Keyboard

At this screen you will need to select your keyboard. In the example, "English and Default" have been chosen.

Manjaro 21 Keyboard Configure


This screen is used to select your partitioning layout. If you are installing to an empty disk, you can select the default option of "Erase Disk". If you want to manually partition your disk(s), then you can choose the option of "Manual partitioning". There is also an option to encrypt your system if selected. If you are using a mobile device such as a laptop or netbook, then you may wish to choose this option for added security.

Manjaro 21 Partitioning


The next screen allows you to configure a user on your system and also setup a password for an administrator. You may wish to use the same password for the administrator. If you do, simply select the option "Use the same password for the administrator account". Alternatively, you can provide a different password in the box provided.

Manjaro 21 Users


The options you have chosen are now summarised on this next screen. If you need to make any changes, you may click on the back button below. If you are happy to initiate the install process, then click on the "Install" button.

Manjaro 21 Install Summary

Continue Installation

To continue with the installation, you will need to confirm that changes can be made to your disk(s). Click the option "Install now" to continue.

Manjaro 21 Confirm Install

Installing Manjaro

The following screen is for information only. No further action is needed at this point. Progress of the installation is displayed along with an introduction to Manjaro.

Manjaro 21 Progress Screen

All done

Congratulations, you have now successfully installed Manjaro. before you can start using your system, you will need to select the option "Restart now", and click on "Done. Your system will now restart.

Manjaro 21 First boot

Login Screen

Once your system has rebooted, you will be presented with a login screen similar to the one below. Simply click on the user that you created and enter the password you defined in the earlier steps.

Manjaro 21 Login Screen


If you installed the Gnome desktop version of Manjaro, you will see a screen similar to the one below.

Manjaro 21 Gnome Desktop